Let’s Investigate: Is Tyreke Evans a Point Guard?

August 24th, 2010 by Jon Darbee Leave a reply »


Why is it that the majority of NBA journalists and analysts can’t seem to agree on what Tyreke Evans’ true position is?

For much of the 2009-2010 ROY race, popular opinion was that the Kings, and head coach Paul Westphal, were playing Tyreke out of position at point guard. I have to wonder, has anyone who feels this way actually watched and followed what Tyreke has done with Sacramento?

The usual argument for Evans playing out of position at point guard focuses on his size. At 6’6” and 220lbs, he is larger than 99 percent of point guards in any league, anywhere. Also, that he is not a “pure” point guard, and struggles being placed in a role where he has to create for teammates.

It is true that Tyreke has the height, strength, and quickness to match up with NBA shooting guards, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

It is also true that Tyreke has the offensive arsenal to score against opposing shooting guards, even without much of a jumpshot. From a distance, and to the casual observer, Tyreke has all the qualities of an NBA shoot ...

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